Sunday, March 22, 2009

What do you do when you have a few hours to kill before picking up family at John Wayne Airport? Since it was a perfect time for a late lunch/lunner, I decided to hide out at South Coast Mall. I was already going to go to an expensive dinner so I didn't want to spend too much or eat too full of a meal. Ever since Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe opened up in South Coast Mall I have been meaning to try them out. In my memory, their Clam Chowder was pretty good but I haven't been since... High School?? lol Things always seem better in memory... sigh...

It's not really a restaurant per se because you walk up to the counter to order and they give you a number so that they can bring your order to you thereafter. The prices are what you expect for being inside the mall. After I looked over the menu for a long time, I came to the conclusion that the Boudin SF Combo would be better than ordering everything separately. I chose Half Sandwich and a Bowl of Soup for $7.39. You can't choose hot sandwiches so I chose the Chicken Pesto with Tomatoes, Arugula, Pesto Mayo, and Vinaigrette in Sourdough Baguette. I don't know if you can see from the picture how tiny that sandwich was! haha Mind you, the bowl was not that big to begin with. The flavor and components of the sandwich came together very well. If you like a creamier Pesto then you would like this sandwich. It's actually very simple to make at home too. The Chicken Breasts were moist but the Baguette was a bit tough on the roof of my mouth.
After seeing the size of the combo, I wondered if this was really a good deal! haha Still, you got to try it to find out for yourself. The sandwich seems so tiny next to the bowl of soup that was shallow. lol It's obvious that the soup comes from a pot so the thickness can vary depending on what time of day you go. Mine was pretty thick and the flavors were decent. I use to think their Clam Chowder was really good and the flavors would just pop in my mouth. Alas, times have changed and I have changed. Their soup was good but nothing special. For the price, I think I would rather get Campbell's or Progresso's Soup for a lot cheaper lol.
All in all the food was not bad but it wasn't that worthwhile for the price. I will probably go back if I was hungry while shopping at South Coast Mall and didn't quite want fast food. lol Somehow I remember the sandwiches to be bigger in the past too. I am glad I went to satisfy the craving and now I know I am not missing much. Still, it's nice to have the Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe inside the mall now versus over at the Metro Point Centre lol. O=P

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 689-2253
Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon

11 comments:

5 Star Foodie said...

oh, dear. Well, that was not a great deal after all. With recession a lot of restaurants are reducing the portions without reducing the price.

Keizo said...

Man, I used to love eating the chili bowl. So does the metro point location still exist? I haven't been down there forever. Btw, sorry i missed your chat yesterday.

Kat said...

I think you are right 5 Star Foodie. Funny you should say that, my sister and I always talk about how businesses do that and the end result. Consumers are pretty smart and they will know the difference. Still, the sandwich was not bad. ^_^ I had really good sushi afterwards so it was fine. O=9

Hey Keizo. I often wondered if the other location is open too! lol They are still listed on Urbanspoon, but I am not sure if that is a "reliable" index of are they still open. I will keep an eye out for you the next time I am there, but even if they are close... South Coast is right next door ^_-. Haha don't worry about the chat. I just saw the status and felt like messaging really quick. After I saw that your status went into away I just logged off. No worries. I am rarely on gmail. O=9

I hope both of you have an awesome weekend!

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